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Sights and Sounds, 12/16/11

December 16, 2011
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The deadline for listings is noon, Jan. 3 for the Jan. 6 issue. Send listings to reporter@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Special Events Craft Fair, sponsored by UForge Gallery and Eliot Hall. Sat., Dec. 17 and Sun., Dec. 18, 11am-5pm, at the Footlight Club....

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JP Agenda, 12/16/11

December 16, 2011
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The deadline for JP Agenda listings is noon, Jan. 3 for the Jan 6 issue. Send listings to news@jamaicaplaingazette.com. Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given. Meetings JPNC Public Service Committee, Tues., Jan. 3, 7pm, Curtis Hall, 20 South St. Agenda Includes: finalization of agenda for committee...

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Overpass site features, then yanks, no-bridge link

December 9, 2011
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By Rebeca Oliveira and John Ruch The official state website for the Casey Overpass replacement project recently included—then abruptly yanked—a link to a video made by supporters of the surface street option. The site did not feature any links or other references to pro-bridge supporters. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has not announced...

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Overpass replacement choice to be made

December 2, 2011
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(Illustration courtesy MassDOT) Illustrations of what the surface street option (left) and bridge option might look like on New Washington Street.

Bridge supporters rally FOREST HILLS—The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will decide on which alternative—bridge or at-grade—will replace the current Casey Overpass by Dec. 12. Bridge supporters are rallying against what they call a biased MassDOT process. Surface option supporters are also organizing. The decision will be announced to members of the Working Advisory...

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Cemetery hints of Lantern Fest return

December 2, 2011
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Despite loss of state funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Forest Hills Educational Trust (FHET) still has $340,000 in assets and is hinting that its signature event, the Lantern Festival, could return next year. FHET is the troubled nonprofit that organizes art events at Forest Hills Cemetery. When asked about the possible return...

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JPNC names new members

December 2, 2011
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Four of the five remaining vacancies on the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) were filled at its Nov. 29 meeting at Curtis Hall. Cooper Renfro, Alex Rodriguez and Erin Colgan-Snyder from Area B and Courtney Snegroff from Area A were appointed by the 15 council members. One remaining vacancy in Area A remains open....

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Neighbors still pushing for McBride St. project changes

December 2, 2011
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STONYBROOK—Disagreement between neighbors and developers of a project at McBride and Washington streets continues amid a lack of Impact Advisory Group (IAG) meetings. Neighbors to the site, currently occupied by the Flanagan & Seaton Motor Car Company at 3529 Washington St., have asked developers for reduced parking, along with other concessions to promote a...

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Arborway Yard could be a ‘problem property’

December 2, 2011
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State and city legislators are considering placing the temporary Arborway bus yard on a “problem properties” list to kick-start the building of a permanent facility. The problem properties list is maintained by a local group of law enforcement and city officials and so far has only ever included private property. The goal is to...

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Bon Savor’s stranded owners look to sell

December 2, 2011
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Bon Savor’s owners have put the 605 Centre St. restaurant for sale after two years of being unable to re-enter the U.S. Ibonne Zabala and Oleg Konovalov, the owners, have been in Zabala’s native Colombia since a 2009 vacation, when their re-entry visa to the U.S. was denied. “The whole JP community supported them...

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JP artist gives Old Testament Ruth a makeover

December 2, 2011
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(Courtesy Image) “Ruth” by Sue Murad.

Tres Gatos, the tapas bar/book and music shop at 470 Centre St. will host a reception for Jamaica Plain artist Sue Murad’s new book “Ruth,” an illustrated re-telling of the Old Testament story, on Dec. 11. In the Book of Ruth, the title character remains in the land of Moab with her mother-in-law, Naomi,...

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